July 31, 2020 / 5:23 AM / 10 days ago

Japan's consumer sentiment inches higher in July

FILE PHOTO: Shoppers wearing protective masks choose clothes at Japan's supermarket group Aeon's shopping mall as the mall reopens amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Chiba, Japan May 28, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s consumer confidence index rose slightly in July, a Cabinet Office survey showed on Friday, improving for a third straight month, but a recent surge in coronavirus cases suggest a murky outlook for the economy.

The survey’s sentiment index for general households, which includes views on incomes and jobs, grew to 29.5 in July from 28.4 in June. In April, the index stood at 21.6, which was a record low. A reading below 50 suggests pessimism.

Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Chris Gallagher

0 : 0
  • narrow-browser-and-phone
  • medium-browser-and-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser
  • wide-browser-and-larger
  • medium-browser-and-landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser-and-larger
  • above-phone
  • portrait-tablet-and-above
  • above-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet-and-above
  • landscape-tablet-and-medium-wide-browser
  • portrait-tablet-and-below
  • landscape-tablet-and-below